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Indian police play down mob attack on Christian meeting.

April 18 Worldwatch Monitor

Christian families have fled their homes in eastern India after telling police a Hindu nationalist mob had attacked a church fellowship meal, only to be met with attempts to silence them.

Pastor Kasi Ram told World Watch Monitor that only three Christian families remained in the village of Bakel – in Chhattisgarh state, governed by the Hindu nationalist BJP party – after a mob physically attacked attendees.....

Three Christian places of worship attacked in Kerala.

April 18, Asian News

The most recent episode took place yesterday, when some unknown criminals entered the cemetery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in Ukkinadka, in the district of Kasaragod, and destroyed the cross that stood in the burial place. Then the vandals damaged another seven tombs.

On 10 April a pastoral center was attacked, where 150 students were in retreat. On Holy Saturday, an .....

FIACONA condoles the passing away of The Suffragan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Athanasius.

April 18 Statement

FIACONA condoles the passing away of The Suffragan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Athanasius of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church. The Bishop died on April 18 due to prolonged liver and kidney related complications in a private hospital in Kochi, India. He was 74 years old.

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Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) strongly condemns the protection extended by Indian Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu nationalist government, to people accused of raping a 8 year old girl.

April 17, STATEMENT

A 8 year old child, Asifa Bano, belonging to the Bakarwal (Shepherds) community in the Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir, was kidnapped, drugged and brutally gang-raped for three days by grown men including a policeman. .....

BJP lawmakers top in crimes against women: Study

April 16, Matters India

As many as 51 Members of Parliament (MP) and Member of Legilative Assembly (MLAs) have declared cases of crime against women, including of alleged rape and abduction, a study said on Wednesday.

Of the 51, 48 are MLAs and three are Members of Parliament (MPs), said a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation working for electoral reforms....

Church slams the rape of two girls in Kathua and Unnao, says 'We are not a soulless nation'

April 16, Asia News

The men accused in connection with the murder of Asifa Bano, 8, went on trial today. Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister accepts the resignation of two BJP ministers who had defended the killers. “The repeated targeting of women and children as a tool or agenda for personal, religious or political gain is nothing less than a crime ....

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Anger as Hindu religious leaders given ministerial status

April 12, 2018 Worldwatch Monitor

Christian and Muslim leaders have voiced concerns after five Hindu religious leaders were accorded “minister of state” status by the nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janarta Party) government in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, Catholic news agency UCAN reported.
Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan told journalists that the move was aimed at the “attempts to bring different sections of society to work for people”.. ......

Pastor Brutally Slashed by Hindu Extremist; Assailant Confesses Hatred Towards Christianity....

April 11, Christian Today

A Hindu extremist has admitted to attempting to murder a pastor in Andhra Pradesh as the pastor was praying at night, according to police.

On March 29, while Pr Madira Koti Reddy, 55, head of a house church in Rentachintala village, Guntur District, was studying Bible and praying at about 10 p.m. after eating dinner with his family, the assailant silently entered the house and went to the .......

Orissa, another statue of Our Lady destroyed. The police arrest a mentally ill man.

April 11, Asia News

Sajan K George comments on the incidents that occurred at Easter in the diocese of Rourkela,: "Certainly these are small incidents, but the aggression to a place of worship deeply wounds our Christian sentiment and increases the sense of fear and vulnerability of the miniscule Christian community ".

The GCIC also recalls that 10 years ago Orissa was the theater of the most ferocious anti-Christi. ....

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Life is miserable under Modi rule: Church of South India Bishop.

April 7, Matters India

The Church of South India (CSI), the second largest Church in India has come out against the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre. Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, moderator (head) of the Church, said the government (headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi) has “become a nightmare to the poor and (religious) minorities in India.”.....

Indian Christians charged with ‘hurting religious sentiments’ by handing out Easter tracts.

April 5, Worldwatch Monitor

Four Christians, including the wife of a church leader, have been charged with “hurting religious sentiments” after they handed out Christian literature during an Easter procession in India’s southern Telangana state.

They were taken into custody by police in the state capital, Hyderabad, at around 5.30 pm on.....

Violent attacks on Christians on the rise while Prime Minister Modi observes a tactical silence

Mar 31, Various sources

We have received more than fourty violent incidents of attacks and harrassment against Christians in the month of March alone. Most such violence does not get published or reported outside of the victim's church community. We estimate less than 1 per cent of verifiable incidents reach us through social media ....

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Goa, Easter vigil: stones thrown at Carmelite monastery.

April 5, Asia News

Some criminals have stoned the Carmelite monastery of Margao, in the Indian state of Goa. The incident occurred during the Easter vigil and ruined the celebrations under way at that time.

Secretary for Archbishop of Goa, Fr. Joaquim Loiola Pereira, told AsiaNews: "We are 'saddened and surprised', that such an incident of stone throwing should happen in Goa, during the Easter .....

Elderly Woman Murdered for Leaving Hinduism for Jesus.

April 4, Christian Post

An elderly woman in Andhra Pradesh was killed on March 21 for leaving Hinduism for Christianity ten years ago.

Chadarajupalli Subbaravamma, who was in her mid 60s, was on her terrace that evening reading her Bible and praying when a man climbed the stairs and killed her. Her husband Jayaramaiah reported that an hour after Subbaravamma  ..... 

Before Easter, India's Supreme Court Prevents Arrest of Christian Leader.

Mar 31, Christian Post

Days before India's minority Christian community celebrates Easter, the apex court has protected a Christian leader, who was falsely accused of hurting religion sentiments of majority Hindus, from being arrested until the trial begins.

Amit Kumar Soren, a professor at a Christian college, St. Columba, in eastern Jharkhand ....

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